Venice (location)

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Country Italy
Games Tomb Raider II
Movies Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venesia or Venexia) is a city in northern Italy (45°26′N 12°19′E). It has been a location for Lara's travels twice. The first time was in the game Tomb Raider II and the second time was in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Tomb Raider II

Main article: Venice Section

Lara travels to Venice in search of a man called Bartoli. She hacks into the laptop she finds in the level The Great Wall and decides to search there.


Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider the secret order called Illuminati has it's base in Venice, and they're searching for a key that's needed to join the two halves of the Triangle of Light together. Lara agrees to meet Manfred Powell in Venice, because they both have what the other needs to finish the Triangle.


Venice is the capital of the region Veneto, and has a population of 271,251 (census estimate January 1, 2004). According to Wikipedia, Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Bridges", and "The City of Light". It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city stretches across 118 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers. The Venetian Republic was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain and spice trade) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. [1]

Miscellaneous facts

  • Venice is sinking. The mean level of the land has lowered while the sea levels have risen. Also, many of Venice’s grand buildings are vacant or run down – they are simply too expensive to maintain. [2] This might explain why many of the houses that Lara encounters in Tomb Raider III are deserted, or have flooded basements.
  • Venice became an imperial power following the Fourth Crusade, which seized Constantinople in 1204 and established the Latin Empire; Venice itself carved out a sphere of influence known as the Duchy of the Archipelago. This seizure of Constantinople would ultimately prove as decisive a factor in ending the Byzantine Empire and although the Byzantines recovered control of the ravaged city a half century later, the Byzantine Empire was greatly weakened, and existed as a ghost of its old self, struggling on with the help, among other things, of loans from Venice (never repaid) until Sultan Mehmet The Conqueror took the city in 1453. Considerable Byzantine plunder was brought back to Venice, including the gilt bronze horses which were placed above the entrance to St. Mark's Cathedral. [3]
  • In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) [4], Indiana Jones travels to Venice to find one half of a stone tablet which reveals the location of the Holy Grail.



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